The Josselyn Center

The Josselyn Center opened in 1951 to address the need for mental health services and support in the community. While the Center received routine structural maintenance, no major remodeling had been done in decades. The building had accessibility needs and required renovation to replace broken/outdated furnishings.

Lower Level Demo Plan
Upper Level Demo Plan

Project Scope – Master Plan

Working alongside architects ZPD+A and Room10, the full project scope included a multi-phase master plan to fully remodel the Josselyn Center.

As the building currently stands, it does not meet any ADA requirements. From the split-level entry design, with stairs as the only option to move between floors, to the cramped hallways and bathrooms with no turning radius, we were tasked to make the space fully accessible. The overreaching project goal is to add a secure elevator off the entry, create flexible open spaces for group therapy and other activities, while still maintaining private clinician offices with improved acoustics.

  • Phase 1 (completed July 2017): Lower level drop-in center, living room, and art therapy
  • Phase 2: New entry with elevator, upper-level reception
  • Phase 3: Private offices, employee break room, conference rooms and group therapy areas

4,800 Square Feet

Northfield, IL

130 hours provided at pro-bono

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